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Google Chrome

Thursday, September 04, 2008
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It was a case of good news/bad news:

Good news: The story came out that Google Chrome was released. A web browser built by Google? Sign me up!

Bad news: It's being released while still in beta. I've been using Gmail for three years, and it's still in beta, too. (Note: the article I just linked to is almost a year and a half old.) A finished product may or may not ever be in the future.

Good news: There's a really nifty comic-book introduction to the design and features of Google Chrome. Extremely awesome!

Bad news: I went to the web page, and, like everything else in this world, Google Chrome is Windows-only. My smile faded quickly.

Good news: Ars Technica pointed out that one of the developers behind Google Chrome is that the founder and one of the lead developers for the Camino browser, my personal Mac browser-of-choice. He has proclaimed his intention to make a Mac-native awesome-tacular version of Chrome.

Bad news: While the plans for the next version of Camino are still intact, the future for it has gotten a lot murkier with the lead developer switching to working on Chrome.

So, while I'm looking forward to maybe one day trying out Google Chrome on my Mac, it's a mixed blessing. Resources are leaving an already-awesome piece of software (one that I use and abuse daily) and headed towards something that I can't even use yet made by a company that has a bunch of cool products that they may or may not ever finish. I'll keep my fingers crossed.

8 Comments:

Blogger nicole said...

why do they only make things for PCs? really pisses me off!

9:48 AM, September 04, 2008  
Anonymous PCuser4life said...

Get a PC then you won't be so pissed all the time. :)

I think the news of the Chrome was sent out a bit early. I remember hearing something on NPR about that but was still half asleep :)

1:30 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger nicole said...

lol. get a mac and you wonder why you ever thought you were a pcuser4life!

4:06 PM, September 04, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

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8:00 AM, September 05, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

Macs vs PC? WTF. A computer is a tool.

Does the tool do what you want it do? Than it's the tool for the job.

Just because your hammer is prettier and more expensive than someone else's hammer doesn't mean it's better at smashing nails.

8:00 AM, September 05, 2008  
Blogger Burton said...

At this point I'm going to jump in and say:

a) My hammer is definitely prettier than yours.
b) Owning a Mac isn't cheaper than owning a PC, but it's a lot more pleasant.
c) I don't regret going all-Mac until I want to play games.
d) It's more than just a tool, Laura. It's a way of life! It's a belief system! WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU???

9:24 AM, September 05, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

I detect critical levels of smug in that posting, Burton.

2:44 PM, September 06, 2008  
Blogger Laura said...

By the way, I'm going to go now and smash the hell out of some nails.


On a semi-related note, WHY has the CMOS battery gone out on not one, not two, but ALL 3 Macs that I have owned (at different times) in the past 6 years? It went out on the Imac we were given. It went out on the Laptop, and it went out on the G4.

Now, i know, CMOS batteries really aren't that big of a deal to replace or anything, i just think it's really weird that it's happened to every mac I've owned.

2:47 PM, September 06, 2008  

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